[POLL] Admins: 'We Regret Any Hard Feelings' on Recent Controversy

Last Friday, Wilton school administrators sent out a letter formally responding to the recent Miller-Driscoll controversy.

This is a letter sent out last Friday from the principal and two assitant vice principals to all Miller-Driscoll families regarding the recent controversial voting-out of the Miller-Driscoll PTA president, vice president, and subsequent fallout


February 17, 2012

"Dear Miller-Driscoll Families,

We regret the unfortunate events that took place at Monday’s PTA meeting, which resulted in many hurt feelings and strong emotions among members of our school community. The removal of the current PTA President and Vice President and resignation of other members of our PTA Executive Board was an unprecedented action in the history of our school. When this item was added to the agenda at the meeting, it was the Miller-Driscoll Administration’s hope and intent that this action so late in the year could be avoided and we could refocus on “Hand in Hand, Together We Can”. Upon further reflection we understand that it was probably not our role to interfere with the will of those present and regret any hard feelings this may have caused. The school staff ultimately left the meeting before the discussion and the vote because we did not feel the internal disagreements about the leadership of the organization were our issue.

We have always worked well with the PTA and continue to support the mission of all PTA’s across the nation: “To make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.” We remain inspired by and grateful for the indefatigable work of the many volunteers who support the children of our school. We look forward to working with the new President, and team as we partner in ensuring the common goal of promoting an outstanding educational experience for the Miller-Driscoll community. We believe that open communication between the PTA and the Administration is essential and look forward to finding ways to augment these lines of communication from this point forward.

Thank you for all you do to support our school."


The letter is signed by Miller-Driscoll Principal Cheryl Jensen-Gerner, Assitant President Sheelah Brown and Assitant President Leslie Pearson.

Stephen February 22, 2012 at 11:01 PM
The wisest thing would be for those toxic folks who engineered this unnecessary, petty, vindictive coup to withdraw from any Wilton volunteer organization for a couple of years and think about better ways to handle personality conflicts.
K T February 23, 2012 at 11:57 AM
Yes. Dr. Brown did suffer an actual heart attack. And no, it was not an odd choice of words, but rather an accurate account of what occurred in the days following this unforgiveable disaster.
James Konatsotis February 23, 2012 at 03:49 PM
I am not understanding the core issue here. What caused such a strong reaction to oust a PTA Board? I agree that if things are not going well then actions must be held accountable through voting processes and SOP. However, I have not read any information other than issues over a parking spot and the school directory sales. Surely these are not the impeachable offenses. More transparency on the issues would appreciated.
Mother of Three February 23, 2012 at 11:41 PM
Minimally, for something as important as this, it should have been up for a vote of the broader PTA membership. Obviously this is a personal issue and a small group of people caused much harm to our school and community. Was the personal gain to them worth it?
David Crays February 28, 2012 at 11:17 PM
If you haven't already you can get more information from this article http://www.examiner.com/stay-at-home-dads-in-hartford/miller-driscoll-pta-scandal-the-complete-story


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